Academic Information for Graduate Studies

To be considered as a candidate for one of 's four graduate programs, applicants should:

  • Complete an application for a specific program, including payment of a $50 application fee.
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript(s) must be received directly from the granting institution(s).
  • Submit satisfactory scores on the appropriate entrance examination:
MAE Graduate Record Examination (composite of verbal and quantitative) 800 or the Miller Analogies Test 363.
MBA Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There are both quantitative and qualitative components used to assess each MBA applicant. The two are combined in the formula described here. The formula incorporates tests provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey. A formula utilizing the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is as follows: an applicant’s baccalaureate grade point average (GPA), either all four years or the upper-level years, is multiplied by 200. The result is added to the applicant’s GMAT score, and this sum has added to it the applicant’s interview score. The use of the GMAT score with its multiplier amounts to the quantitative portion of assessment. The score received in an interview with the MBA Director or a designate amounts to the qualitative portion of assessment. An alternate formula incorporates the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The scores of these two portions are averaged and the mean is inserted to supplant the GMAT score in the formula described above. The multiplication and addition steps are the same. A minimum of 1000 must be reached regardless of the formula used. No more than 50 points can result from an interview.
MSP Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
MA Standardized tests are not required.

At Cumberland University, a fully admitted graduate student is one who has met all admission requirements and has been given acceptance notice by the program director.

A provisionally admitted graduate student is one who has met at least the minimum requirement of having a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university, submitted an application and fee, but has not met all the admission requirements. Students admitted provisionally will receive a letter from the director detailing why their admission is provisional.

Students must complete the requirements to be fully admitted prior to enrolling for more than six graduate credits or one semester. If a student does not meet the specified admission requirements, he/she may petition the director for an exception. This must be done prior to enrolling in additional graduate coursework.

Enrollment in all three graduate studies programs is subject to acceptance into the program. A qualified student for the MAE or MBA program may begin studies in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters; MSP students can begin in the Fall semester only.